KOLKATA: The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JuMB), part of the “Bengal terror module”, was behind the May 1 blast at the Chennai Central railway station that killed one person, an NIA team investigating the Burdwan explosion has concluded. The JuMB was reportedly also responsible for the blasts that rocked Patna ahead of Narendra Modi’s election rally in October last year.
The involvement of Shakil Ahmed Gazi, a JuMB terrorist who died in the October 2 Burdwan blast, and Mohammad Qauser, a prime suspect who later fled to Bangladesh, came to light after the NIA interrogated Shakil’s widow Raziya Bibi. Investigation further revealed that the twin blasts onboard the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai Central was triggered using time bombs, the timers of which were similar to the ones found in Burdwan. Similar timers were found at the Patna blast site.
Mobile call records too revealed several calls made by Shakil and Qauser to their contacts in Chennai. Raziya Bibi reportedly admitted that the duo operated from Chennai in April and used SIM cards bought in West Bengal to call their associates in other states and Bangladesh.